Siavash Kurdistani, M.D.

Work Titles
UCLA Chair, Associate Professor, Biological Chemistry Member, Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area Member, Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research Member, Gene Regulation GPB Home Area Member, JCCC Gene Regulation Program Area Member, themes Faculty, Cellular and Molecular Pathology PhD Program
M.D., Harvard Medical School
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Academic Experience:
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Biological Chemistry
University of California, Los Angeles
Professional Societies:
Member of the MSTP Admissions Committee
2007 Beckman Young Investigator Award
2006 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Award
2003 UCLA Chancellor's Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
2001 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Physicians
1999 James Tolbert Shipely Prize, Harvard Medical School
1997 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continued Fellowship Support
1996 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship
1995 Lucy Wortham James Student Research Award, Harvard Medical School
1994 Harvard National Scholarship
1994 The Arthur Furst Award, UCLA
1993 UCLA College of Letters & Science Scholar Award
1992 UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Scholars Award

Contact Information:

Work Email Address:

Lab Number:

(310) 825-1206

Office Phone Number:

(310) 794-5194

Laboratory Address:

615 Charles Young Dr.

Mailing Address:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Department of Biological Chemistry
P.O. Box 951737
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Work Address:

615 Charles Young Dr.

Detailed Biography:

Siavash Kurdistani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and an Associate Director of the UCLA-Cal Tech MSTP program. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA and M.D. from Harvard Medical School.


McBrian Matthew A, Behbahan Iman Saramipoor, Ferrari Roberto, Su Trent, Huang Ta-Wei, Li Kunwu, Hong Candice S, Christofk Heather R, Vogelauer Maria, Seligson David B, Kurdistani Siavash K   Histone Acetylation Regulates Intracellular pH Molecular cell, 2013; 49(2): 310-21.
Li Jing-Yu, Patterson Michaela, Mikkola Hanna K A, Lowry William E, Kurdistani Siavash K   Dynamic distribution of linker histone H1.5 in cellular differentiation PLoS genetics, 2012; 8(8): e1002879.
Kurdistani Siavash K   Enhancer dysfunction: how the main regulators of gene expression contribute to cancer Genome biology, 2012; 13(5): 156.
Chen Xiao-Fen, Lehmann Lynn, Lin Justin J, Vashisht Ajay, Schmidt Ryan, Ferrari Roberto, Huang Chengyang, McKee Robin, Mosley Amber, Plath Kathrin, Kurdistani Siavash K, Wohlschlegel James, Carey Michael   Mediator and SAGA have distinct roles in Pol II preinitiation complex assembly and function Cell reports, 2012; 2(5): 1061-7.
Lehmann Lynn, Ferrari Roberto, Vashisht Ajay A, Wohlschlegel James A, Kurdistani Siavash K, Carey Michael   Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) disassembles RNA polymerase II preinitiation complexes The Journal of biological chemistry, 2012; 287(43): 35784-94.
Ferrari Roberto, Su Trent, Li Bing, Bonora Giancarlo, Oberai Amit, Chan Yvonne, Sasidharan Rajkumar, Berk Arnold J, Pellegrini Matteo, Kurdistani Siavash K   Reorganization of the host epigenome by a viral oncogene Genome research, 2012; 22(7): 1212-21.
Van Handel Ben, Montel-Hagen Amélie, Sasidharan Rajkumar, Nakano Haruko, Ferrari Roberto, Boogerd Cornelis J, Schredelseker Johann, Wang Yanling, Hunter Sean, Org Tõnis, Zhou Jian, Li Xinmin, Pellegrini Matteo, Chen Jau-Nian, Orkin Stuart H, Kurdistani Siavash K, Evans Sylvia M, Nakano Atsushi, Mikkola Hanna K A   Scl represses cardiomyogenesis in prospective hemogenic endothelium and endocardium Cell, 2012; 150(3): 590-605.
Vogelauer Maria, Krall Abigail S, McBrian Matthew A, Li Jing-Yu, Kurdistani Siavash K   Stimulation of histone deacetylase activity by metabolites of intermediary metabolism The Journal of biological chemistry, 2012; 287(38): 32006-16.
Chen Xiao-Fen, Kuryan Benjamin, Kitada Tasuku, Tran Nancy, Li Jing-Yu, Kurdistani Siavash, Grunstein Michael, Li Bing, Carey Michael   The Rpd3 core complex is a chromatin stabilization module Current biology : CB, 2012; 22(1): 56-63.
Marban Céline, Su Trent, Ferrari Roberto, Li Bing, Vatakis Dimitrios, Pellegrini Matteo, Zack Jerome A, Rohr Olivier, Kurdistani Siavash K   Genome-wide binding map of the HIV-1 Tat protein to the human genome PloS one, 2011; 6(11): e26894.
Kurdistani Siavash K   Histone modifications in cancer biology and prognosis Progress in drug research. Fortschritte der Arzneimittelforschung. Progrès des recherches pharmaceutiques, 2011; 67(11): 91-106.
Seligson David B, Horvath Steve, McBrian Matthew A, Mah Vei, Yu Hong, Tze Sheila, Wang Qun, Chia David, Goodglick Lee, Kurdistani Siavash K   Global levels of histone modifications predict prognosis in different cancers The American journal of pathology, 2009; 174(5): 1619-28.
Gekas Christos, Rhodes Katrin E, Gereige Laurraine M, Helgadottir Hildur, Ferrari Roberto, Kurdistani Siavash K, Montecino-Rodriguez Encarnación, Bassel-Duby Rhonda, Olson Eric, Krivtsov Andrei V, Armstrong Scott, Orkin Stuart H, Pellegrini Matteo, Mikkola Hanna K A   Mef2C is a lineage-restricted target of Scl/Tal1 and regulates megakaryopoiesis and B-cell homeostasis Blood, 2009; 113(15): 3461-71.
Ferrari Roberto, Berk Arnold J, Kurdistani Siavash K   Viral manipulation of the host epigenome for oncogenic transformation Nature reviews. Genetics, 2009; 10(5): 290-4.
Horwitz Gregory A, Zhang Kangling, McBrian Matthew A, Grunstein Michael, Kurdistani Siavash K, Berk Arnold J   Adenovirus small e1a alters global patterns of histone modification Science (New York, N.Y.), 2008; 321(5892): 1084-5.
Ferrari Roberto, Pellegrini Matteo, Horwitz Gregory A, Xie Wei, Berk Arnold J, Kurdistani Siavash K   Epigenetic reprogramming by adenovirus e1a Science (New York, N.Y.), 2008; 321(5892): 1086-8.
Peng Weimin, Togawa Cynthia, Zhang Kangling, Kurdistani Siavash K   Regulators of cellular levels of histone acetylation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Genetics, 2008; 179(1): 277-89.
Pham Hung, Ferrari Roberto, Cokus Shawn J, Kurdistani Siavash K, Pellegrini Matteo   Modeling the regulatory network of histone acetylation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Molecular systems biology, 2007; 3(1): 153.
Seligson DB, Horvath S, Shi T, Yu H, Tze S, Grunstein M, Kurdistani SK   Global histone modification patterns predict risk of prostate cancer recurrence Nature. , 2005; 435(7046): 1262-6.
Robyr D, Kurdistani SK, Grunstein M   Analysis of genome-wide histone acetylation state and enzyme binding using DNA microarrays Methods in enzymology. , 2004; 376: 289-304.
Kim KT, Ongusaha PP, Hong YK, Kurdistani SK, Nakamura M, Lu KP, Lee SW   Function of Drg1/Rit42 in p53-dependent mitotic spindle checkpoint The Journal of biological chemistry. , 2004; 279(37): 38597-602.
Kurdistani SK, Tavazoie S, Grunstein M   Mapping global histone acetylation patterns to gene expression Cell. , 2004; 117(6): 721-33.
Kurdistani SK, Grunstein M   Histone acetylation and deacetylation in yeast Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol, 2003; 4(4): 276-84.
Kurdistani SK, Grunstein M   In vivo protein-protein and protein-DNA crosslinking for genomewide binding microarray Methods (San Diego, Calif.) , 2003; 31(1): 90-5.
Kurdistani SK, Robyr D, Tavazoie S, Grunstein M   Genome-wide binding map of the histone deacetylase Rpd3 in yeast Nature genetics. , 2002; 31(3): 248-54.
Robyr D, Suka Y, Xenarios I, Kurdistani SK, Wang A, Suka N, Grunstein M   Microarray deacetylation maps determine genome-wide functions for yeast histone deacetylases Cell. , 2002; 109(4): 437-46.
Wang A, Kurdistani SK, Grunstein M   Requirement of Hos2 histone deacetylase for gene activity in yeast Science. , 2002; 298(5597): 1412-4.
Reimer CL, Borras AM, Kurdistani SK, Garreau JR, Chung M, Aaronson SA, Lee SW   Altered regulation of cyclin G in human breast cancer and its specific localization at replication foci in response to DNA damage in p53+/+ cells The Journal of biological chemistry. , 1999; 274(16): 11022-9.
Kurdistani SK, Arizti P, Reimer CL, Sugrue MM, Aaronson SA, Lee SW   Inhibition of tumor cell growth by RTP/rit42 and its responsiveness to p53 and DNA damage Cancer research. , 1998; 58(19): 4439-44.

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